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Old 02-01-2017, 09:25 AM
 
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Hello, I'm curious about the healthcare job market in Longview and Vancouver areas for nurses, specifically acute care (hospitals). I can't seem to find much except that Legacy Salmon Creek is new. I hear that there is a fairly big drug problem in Longview area. Is this more than drug problems in other depressed areas of Washington or is there something that makes Longview particularly egregious?

The details I'm looking for are:
unions,
nurse satisfaction,
nurseatient ratios,
job market,
benefits,
pay,
cost of living in nearby communities,
commutes (I'd like to commute no more than 45 minutes each way if possible in order to live on some acreage but be near enough to a town with a grocery store),
what's the night shift community like (for example are there any services/stores open after 8pm so night shifters don't have to run to do errands as soon as they wake up on their days off?)
Educational opportunities to achieve a DNP nearby?
In-system transferability?

Any other advice you have on local healthcare in the area, even as a patient would be helpful. Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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I don't know anything about Longview. Except that it does have a reputation as an area of prescription drug abuse as well as illegal drug use like meth. It's a downscale blue collar town with fading timber industries so not where I'd chose to live.

Vancouver has two large hospitals, Legacy Salmon Creek and Peace Health.

As you said, Legacy Salmon Creek is newer and part of the Legacy Health group which has 5 hospitals in the Portland area including Good Samaritan and Emanuel which are two of the largest and most respected hospitals in Portland. I think the hospitals have Episcopal and Lutheran roots. People seem to think that Legacy is decent to work for.

Peace Health is part of a 10-hospital Catholic chain of hospitals in the Northwest. They have been in the news off and on in the past few years with a lot of labor strife and other issues such as turnover at the top. Not necessarily in Vancouver but at other hospitals. For example, here's an article from last year: Can PeaceHealth cure its ills? | The Columbian down in Eugene the Peace Health hospital has had labor issues and even a doctor's strike. I'm sure others know better. My perception is that Peace Health way overextended itself in buying hospitals and that has caused a lot of problems.

In addition you have a lot of other big clinics in the Vancouver area. Kaiser, Vancouver Clinic, Peace Health, and others have primary care and specialty clinics all over the area. So lots of possible nursing jobs.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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If you want a nursing job that supports / pays for higher ed. Get on with VA (positions in Portland and a few in Vancouver rehab unit).

The happy medical employees I know, work at Adventist Medical. (Doubt if it is highest pay, just a pleasant working environment promoting good health).
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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I have a son who is a doc at Providence (Portland), and a DIL who is a doc at Kaiser, also in Portland. They are very happy with their employers and get a lot of nice perks, including generous CE budgets. Both Kaiser and Providence have Vancouver clinics.
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